Code - The Language of our Time
"CODE - the Language of our Time" is the theme of Ars Electronica 2003, an encounter with the role and influence of digital code within and upon art and society. Three thematic domains "Code=Law, Code=Art, Code=Life" provide a framework for this artistic, political and scientific confrontation with core issues.
How strong is the regulative and normative power of the structures and rules that computer programs and their standards implement and enforce? What possibilities exist to get around them? How do software and digital codes define the essence and identity of media art as "art created out of code" - that is, as a generative artform that has been derived and developed from computational processes? To what extent can this be captured and represented by means of criteria immanent to art? What paradigms relevant to our future can be derived from artistic and scientific speculations about the emerging epoch of bio-information and genetic engineering? What answer can be voiced in opposition to the rhetoric of programmable life?
Via interdisciplinary encounter and confrontation - the strategy Ars Electronica has been utilizing productively since 1979 - a series of symposia as well as numerous exhibitions, performances and interventions will be presented not in an effort to establish purportedly conclusive answers but rather to bring out the enduring nature of the issues raised thereby. After all, art ultimately exists to pose questions.